VIOLIN MAKERCarme Gabaldon
Have you ever thought what is a violin made of? how it is built? who does this work? the profile of a violin maker? Why the Stradivarius sound as good? Students in 2nd ESO have been learning about the world of violin making during a month in music courses.
All it began watching 2 videos of real violin makers talking about their job.
Students could reflect about the process of doing violins and the tips given by the violin makers. The price of the instruments, the most famous city in building stringed instruments in the history, the personality of the instruments, the fact that the instruments have their own soul…. These questions came up in their reflections.
Then, students travelled to the past and they went to Cremona in the 18 Century where the most gorgeous stringed instruments were made by Stradivarius, Amati and Guarnieri families. The tradition of building instruments was born in this small italian city.
By Edgar Bundy (1862-1922) – Unknown, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=975086
They have discovered the secret of the best sound produced by Stradivarius’ instrucments: cientifical reasons were explained in the following documental:
Then, students have performed as detectives trying to find the stolen Stradivarius in London (real fact)
Finally they visited a real violin maker in Barcelona: Josep Sagué, who talked about his biography, the way he started building instruments, the music in his life…
Students previously did a presentation showing their knowledge about Musitekton (the Josep Saguer’s atelier) and the questions that they wanted to ask him in the visit
Besides, they wrote a personal opinion about the visit
Last fourteenth of November, we visited the workshop of a luthier. This workshop is called Musitekton and it’s located in 68, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, in Barcelona. The owner is Josep Saguer and Musitekton offers concerts, workshops, courses and rentals. Mr. Saguer is a luthier who, after his musical education, started constructing and repairing instruments.
In my opinion, Josep S. was nice, kind and friendly to us. I liked the visit and I enjoyed it. I liked it because I learned many interesting things about him and it was entertaining.
What he told us:
Josep S. talked about:
Before being a luthier, he also liked singing; but he had to decide. Music was in the family: he told us that his father was a pianist.
And we asked questions like:
-How much time do you need to make a violin?
-What materials do you need to make a violin?
-How did you learn to make violins?